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CHARLES HERMAN-WURMFELD (Director) made his 35mm feature-length directorial debut with the hit film Kissing Jessica Stein. The modestly budgeted, gender-bending take on modern relationships received the Audience Award at the 2001 Los Angeles Film Festival and the FedEx Audience Award at the 2001 Miami Film Festival. The film received rave reviews from both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter and earned Herman-Wurmfeld a place on Variety's prestigious 10 Director's To Watch 2002. 

Raised in New York City by an architect father (Michael Wurmfeld) and a documentary photographer mother (Hope Herman), Herman-Wurmfeld grew up in a family of artists and inventors. He studied theatre and studio art at Ohio's Oberlin College, and following graduation he started a theatre company called Hubinspoke in the small rural town of Brandon, Vermont. Soon after, Herman-Wurmfeld was invited to launch a theatre department at the Otter Valley High School (the second largest public high school in Vermont). 

Moving to San Francisco in the early 90s, he quickly established himself as a respected performance artist and theatre director. He began a long-term collaboration with singersongwriter D'Arcy Drollinger, and the team developed a trilogy of popular rock operas – Possession of Mrs. Jones, Suburbia 3000 and The Cereal Killers – which were chosen for a prestigious Best of the Bay nod from the San Francisco Bay Guardian. On film, he made his first low-budget 16mm feature, Fanci's Persuasion, a wildly offbeat slice of experimental San Francisco life. 

By 1997, Herman-Wurmfeld knew that to pursue his love for filmmaking he would have to head to Los Angeles. He departed via bicycle, peddling down the coast with nothing but his banjo and a knapsack. 

After several months of cycling to meetings and banjo gigs, Herman-Wurmfeld began working with singer-songwriter John Oszajca, who was then with the group POPism. When Oszajca invited Herman-Wurmfeld to make a documentary on his pursuit of the ever-elusive record deal, a new film project was born, the cinema-verite documentary From There to Here. Oszajca not only won a record deal (with Interscope), but From There to Here won Wurmfeld a seat on the New Media Panel at the Sundance Film Festival, was aired on MTV2, and was honored as Best Music Documentary at the Yahoo! Internet Life Online Film Festival in 2000. 

While still working on From There to Here, actress/writers Heather Juergensen and Jennifer Westfeldt, working in collaboration with Herman-Wurmfeld's sister, producer Eden Wurmfeld, invited Charles to direct Kissing Jessica Stein. He plunged into intense script development to prepare the final shooting script. Kissing Jessica Stein was shot entirely on location in New York on a 23 day (6 days a week) shooting schedule. The finished product piqued the interest of Fox Searchlight, which bought it for domestic distribution. 

Herman-Wurmfeld currently resides in Los Angeles with his domestic partner, Jason Bushman.


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